Israel strikes 100 Hamas, Islamic Jihad terror targets in response to rockets fired from Gaza
Among the terrorist targets hit overnight were the offices of the Hamas headquarters in the Rimal neighborhood in central Gaza City responsible for directing Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria.
The Judea and Samaria command center directs terrorist attacks and supports the formation of terror infrastructures with money transfers and logistical support for attacks against Israeli citizens.
Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a target in the new port west of Khan Younis. The aircraft then returned and attacked the same site 4 more times. According to sources, the site was a base belonging to Hamas naval commandos.
Multiple strikes reported on Gaza City and at a target in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.
In addition, the IDF attacked the main, underground rocket production site in Gaza and a Hamas terror training compound which is used as the center for Hamas’ unmanned drones in southern Gaza.
A number of underground infrastructures were attacked as well.
The Hamas-run health ministry said there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Code Red rocket alert sirens sounded in the city of Sderot and in the Eshkol, Shaar HaNegev, Sdot Negev regional councils during the night and on Friday morning.
“The warning and detection systems acted as required, there was no intercept missile fired by air defense systems, no damage or casualties were reported in the incident, and there are no special instructions for the home front,” the IDF said.
“We can confirm that the rockets fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv earlier tonight were launched by the Hamas terrorist organization”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said he had ordered the city to open public air raid shelters as a protective measure. The decision was followed by several other municipalities in central Israel.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group denied any involvement in the rocket fire.
The Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Israelis, said in a statement it was also “not responsible” for the firing of the rockets. They were fired as a meeting was underway between the leadership of Hamas and the Egyptian security delegation.
Thousands of Gazans took the streets today in the Jabaliya neighborhood to protest the economic situation. Another anti-Hamas rally spontaneously began in Dier Al Balah.
According to eyewitnesses and videos posted online, Hamas security forces opened fire, attacked hundreds of demonstrators, brutally beating them up and arresting several of them.
Security experts in Israel speculated that the domestic disturbances could lead the terror group to strike Israel as a diversion.